Chrysler was on a roll in the late 1990s with its retro-styled vehicles. Many people will recall when the PT Cruiser captured the eyes and hearts of more than a million Americans who bought them during the 2000-2010 model-year run.
Fewer people likely recall a sporty two-seater with street-rod styling that accompanied the PT Cruiser into Chrysler’s showrooms during part of that same era: the Plymouth Prowler roadster.
The Prowler was a low-volume car by comparison, selling only 11,000 units between 1997 and 2002, but it created so much design buzz that the city of Tulsa stashed one away in 1998 in an above-ground time capsule. That capsule, incidentally, is now almost halfway to its future “open” date of 2048.
The Pick of the Day is a 2001 Plymouth Prowler in Bright Silver Metallic with just 19,500 original miles on its odometer. The car looks almost as if it spent the past couple decades in a time capsule, being in such excellent cosmetic condition.
Only 3,142 Prowlers were built that model year, and there certainly can’t be many with fewer than 20,000 miles on them. The seller, a Las Vegas dealer advertising the Prowler on ClassicCars.com, reports that the roadster is in immaculate condition inside and out, and it runs and drives beautifully on brand new tires.
Perhaps due in part to its anticipated low volume of sales, Plymouth kept things simple from an optioning perspective by offering just one available engine and transmission configuration. Every Prowler was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 – a controversial choice for the V8-centric hot rod crowd – and equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Prowler comes with books and original paperwork, including the window sticker. The price of a new 2001 Prowler was $44,225, so this one at $24,995 could be a great deal for a collector who didn’t get the chance to buy one 20 years ago.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.